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Darvish repeats 14 K performance; beats D'backs

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Yu Darvish struck out 14, matching the most in his 50 major league starts, and the Texas Rangers hit three solo homers and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 in a makeup game on Thursday night.

Darvish (10-5) had no walks and scattered five hits while throwing 78 strikes in 111 pitches over seven scoreless innings. It was his major league-leading eighth game this season with at least 10 strikeouts.

Darvish had struck out 14 Diamondbacks earlier this season in a Memorial Day loss in Arizona.

A.J. Pierzynski, Mitch Moreland and David Murphy all homered off Zeke Spruill (0-1), who went four innings in his first major league start.

Those homers all came early for the Rangers, who won their fourth straight game. They were coming off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with game-ending homers in each.

Darvish struck out 10 of his first 13 batters.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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